About The East Hants Historical Society
An initiative inspired by Canada’s Centennial celebrations, the Society was formed in 1967 with a clear mandate to gather, preserve, and promote East Hants history and heritage. Regular meetings were held between March and November at which programs related to East Hants history were presented. In 1981, the realization of one of the Society’s goals arose with the opportunity to lease from the United Church of Canada a no-longer-used church building in Lower Selma. History enthusiasts living in East Hants or with long-time connections to the district quickly provided artifacts, photos, and documents to build exhibits commemorating East Hants’ rural history—exhibits including tools of the lumbering, shipbuilding, and sea-going trades, remembering the efforts and losses of East Hants families to World War I and II, and exhibits recognizing the household arts and practices and the culture and heritage that sustained families.
Today, the Society operates on a governance model adopted in 2015, with a 10-member Board of Directors and registration with the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stocks. It is also a member of the Association of Nova Scotia Museums and the East Hants Chamber of Commerce.
As part of its mandate, The Society maintains and continues to update cemetery headstone records maintained offline as a searchable database. A program committee manages the program presentation agenda. An oral history component is now being realized.
Board of Directors
Patricia Whidden (President)
Jamie McLellan (Vice-President & Museum Chair)
Christine Whidden (Treasurer)
Edward Versteeg (Secretary)
Nancy Doane (Director-at-Large)
Barbara Brown (Program Chair)
Sarah Hill (Cemetery Chair)
John McLellan (Noel Shore/Lower Selma Cemetery Association Liaison)
Greg Hussey (Director-at-Large, Oral History Chair)
Meetings and Events
The East Hants Historical Society meets on the second Tuesday of each month, March through November, at 7:30 pm in different communities within East Hants.
Everyone is welcome to attend these meetings, and to stay for refreshments following.
We also have a variety of programs that run from November until May.